Application Process


Enrolling at Great Lakes Boat Building School is easy.  Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to building boats in no time…

  • Complete the “Student Application Form” online or click here to download a pdf version.
  • Have a copy of your High School diploma, GED certificate or College diploma OR a copy of your transcripts emailed or mailed to GLBBS directly from the institution in a sealed envelope.
  • Provide at least one Letter of Reference. These must be mailed directly from the referent to the school in a sealed envelope or completed online via the GLBBS Application System.
  • Return the signed Financial Responsibility form or complete it online.
  • Pay your $100 (U.S.), non-refundable application fee.  Prospective students may pay by check, cash (in person), or debit/credit card (over the phone).  Additionally, students who submit their application electronically will have the opportunity to complete their secure transaction online.

If you are a military veteran and will be using your VA Educational Benefits, please provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Director of Administration.

All application documents and letters of reference should be mailed or delivered to the attention of the Director of Administration at GLBBS.

To email:

Via US Mail:

Great Lakes Boat Building School
Attn: Director of Administration

485 S Meridian
Cedarville, MI 49719


For enrollment, all prospective students must demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to understand written and oral instruction given in the English language
  • The physical capacity to undertake the day-to-day demands of a working boat yard
  • That a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalency has been achieved prior to the first day of class

Admission/Enrollment in GLBBS programs does not require prior woodworking experience, nor must a student have prior boat building knowledge.  Students must complete each semester in sequence in order to progress.


Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Admissions Committee will review all documents noted above following receipt of the completed application.  The Admissions Committee consists of one school administrator and two instructors. The committee meets the second Tuesday of each month.  Review dates for 2018 are as follows:

For Fall 2018 enrollment
January 9th
February 13th
March 13th
April 10th
May 8th
June 12th
July 10th
August 14th

For Fall 2019 enrollment
September 11th
October 9th
November 13th
December 11th

Applicants may be contacted to arrange an interview if the committee requires additional information. Ideally, this will take place in person at the school, but if this is not feasible, then a telephone, Facetime, or Skype interview will take place. This interview will be held with a member of the Admissions Committee and the Director of Administration.


Applicants can expect to hear about admissions decisions within one week of each committee meeting. If you have questions about your admission decision please feel free to contact the Director of Administration at




What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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